Renewables overtake fossil fuels in EU power generation
JULY 25, 2020 - euractiv
Renewable sources have overtaken coal, oil and gas in EU electricity generation for the first time, new analysis shows. Wind, solar, hydro and bioenergy generated 40% of the 27 member states’ electricity in the first half of the year, beating fossil fuels which accounted for 34%, according to Ember, a climate think-tank focused on accelerating the global electricity transition.
As a result, carbon emissions from the bloc’s power sector fell by nearly a quarter in the first six months of 2020.
Dave Jones, a senior electricity analyst at Ember, said this marked a “symbolic moment” in the transition of Europe’s electricity sector – pointing out that nine years ago fossil fuels generated twice as much of the EU’s electricity as renewable sources.
While electricity demand in the EU fell by 7% due to COVID-19, generation from renewables rose by 11%, largely driven by new wind and solar installations which produced a record fifth of Europe’s electricity. In Denmark, 64% of electricity was generated from wind and solar.
Meanwhile, fossil-fuelled generation dropped by 18%. Coal bore the brunt of the fall, with generation declining in every country where it was part of the electricity mix.
It fell by 95% in Portugal, which saw extended periods completely coal-free, bringing forward the planned shutdown of coal-fired power plants by two years to 2021. In Spain, coal generation collapsed by 58% even before it closed half of its fleet at the end of June.
In Germany, coal was the hardest impacted by the reduction in demand and saw the biggest fall in absolute terms. For the first time, Poland generated more electricity from coal than its western neighbour and as much as the remaining 25 EU member states combined.
Last week, Poland announced a bailout plan for its coal mining sector which is suffering from falling demand, cheaper alternatives and accumulated financial losses. The country does not have a timeline for phasing out coal and has yet to sign up to the EU’s 2050 carbon neutrality target.
That did not stop Brussels allowing Warsaw access to 50% of its allocated EU funds intended to help countries transition away from fossil fuels.
Jones said Poland had been one of the most affected EU countries by the drop in electricity demand. It also has the second most expensive electricity in Europe, leading to imports and renewables undercutting domestic coal generation.
Gas generation fell by 6% with declines registered in 11 countries, including significant drops in Spain and Italy.
Read more: https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/renewables-overtake-fossil-fuels-in-eu-power-generation/
Povezane vesti BALKAN
FEBRUARY 19, 2021 Hydrogen projects worth $300 billion are dropping green H2 prices fast newatlas
FEBRUARY 15, 2021 Hydropower grew faster in the last 10 years than other forms of storage publicpower
FEBRUARY 9, 2021 Grid Frequency Stability and Renewable Power engineering
FEBRUARY 9, 2021 Africa’s Energy Sector Steering Towards Renewables engineeringnews
FEBRUARY 5, 2021 Study calls for European nuclear renaissance world-nuclear
FEBRUARY 5, 2021 World’s largest battery to be built in Hunter Valley sydneymorningherald
FEBRUARY 5, 2021 How Japan`s electricity grid came close to blackouts japantoday
FEBRUARY 1, 2021 IEA head: The world isn`t moving fast enough on clean energy cnn
FEBRUARY 1, 2021 Australia leading world with record renewable take-up sydneymorningherald
JANUARY 29, 2021 Dominion Energy encourages electric vehicle adoption virginiabusiness